Endometriosis and the gift of motherhood

When my first period came at age 13, it involved blood clots and extreme pain. I didn’t know what to expect or what was considered “normal,” but thankfully, my mother did. She recognized that my symptoms were unusual and immediately took me to see my pediatrician. I was first prescribed birth control pills, which seemed to help initially, but when my period remained heavy and painful, I was put on a different birth control pill that enabled me to have my period only four times a year. I thought my situation was normal – albeit uncomfortable and inconvenient. No one ever suggested that painful periods could be anything more than bad luck. I would hear women talk about menstrual cramping and see advertisements for medications to relieve menstrual symptoms … I just figured I had bad periods like so many other adolescent and adult women. I believed that for years. Finding answers to years of pain Then, when I was 22, my cousin Emily was diagnosed with endometriosis. I had never heard of it. I figured it was something extreme because Emily’s symptoms were much more severe than mine. Emily’s mother, my aunt Mary Alice, knew enough about my symptoms that she thought I might have endometriosis as well, even though my symptoms were different than Emily’s. Endometriosis is a chronic condition affecting an estimated 5.5 million women in North America — 30-40% of whom become infertile. It occurs when tissue similar to that which...
Source: Thrive, Children's Hospital Boston - Category: Pediatrics Authors: Tags: Our Patients’ Stories Teen Health endometriosis Marc Laufer Source Type: news

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Publication date: Available online 20 July 2018Source: The LancetAuthor(s): Fatima Marinho, Valéria Maria de Azeredo Passos, Deborah Carvalho Malta, Elizabeth Barboza França, Daisy M X Abreu, Valdelaine E M Araújo, Maria Teresa Bustamante-Teixeira, Paulo A M Camargos, Carolina Cândida da Cunha, Bruce Bartholow Duncan, Mariana Santos Felisbino-Mendes, Maximiliano Ribeiro Guerra, Mark D C Guimaraes, Paulo A Lotufo, Wagner Marcenes, Patricia Pereira Vasconcelos Oliveira, Marcel de Moares Pedroso, Antonio L Ribeiro, Maria Inês Schmidt, Renato Azeredo TeixeiraSummaryBackgroundPolitical, economic...
Source: The Lancet - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
ConclusionThis endoscopy-based study revealed the most common histology of benign SB tumors were hamartoma and adenoma, and malignant ones were lymphomas, GISTs, adenocarcinomas and metastatic cancers. Most of them were male gender, except for GISTs, and with proximal location, except for lymphomas. Further large-scale investigation efforts are warranted to elucidate the epidemiology of SB tumors.
Source: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association - Category: General Medicine Source Type: research
(Reuters Health) - Cigarette use decreased among young women - including pregnant women - during the past decade in the U.S., according to a new study. But, researchers found, use of marijuana blunts rose.
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This study showed that decidualized endometrial stromal cells own a lower stiffness and roughness compare to the ESCs. The acquisition of these properties could be important for the implantation stage during pregnancy, letting decidual ESCs act as an invasion-limiting barrier to contain the advance of the blastocyst and being a supportive structures that sustain the blastocyst avoiding miscarriages.
Source: Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine - Category: Nanotechnology Source Type: research
A literature analysis shows ketamine is as effective as morphine for short-term pain relief in emergency departments but had more nonsevere side effects.Medscape Medical News
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Authors: Aslan E, Gonen C PMID: 30024717 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica - Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Acta Gastroenterol Belg Source Type: research
Authors: Gravito-Soares M, Gravito-Soares E, Figueiredo P PMID: 30024716 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica - Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Acta Gastroenterol Belg Source Type: research
Authors: Marušić M, Klemenčić A, Troskot Perić R, Hauser G Abstract Gastroesophageal variceal hemorrhage is the most important clinical event that results from portal hypertension. It is a lifethreatening condition that demands rapid and efficient treatment. The first step in bleeding control is hemodynamic stabilization and pharmacological treatment, which includes administration of vasoactive drugs and short-term antibiotic prophylaxis. After initial hemodynamic stabilization, endoscopic therapy should be performed. The first choice of endoscopic treatment for esophageal bleeding is endoscopic variceal...
Source: Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica - Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Acta Gastroenterol Belg Source Type: research
Authors: Ismail FW, Abid S, Awan S, Lubna F Abstract BACKGROUND AND STUDY AIMS: Food hypersensitivity (FH), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) and functional dyspepsia (FD) have many overlapping symptoms, including abdominal discomfort, bloating, and altered bowel habits. We aimed to determine the frequency of FH in patients with IBS and functional FD. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Adult patients of either gender diagnosed with IBS and/or FD as per the Rome III criteria were recruited. Patients underwent serological testing against 6 food allergens: beef, shrimp, egg white, milk, peanut, and soy-bean. Those testing positiv...
Source: Acta Gastro-Enterologica Belgica - Category: Gastroenterology Tags: Acta Gastroenterol Belg Source Type: research
Bayer announced Friday that it will no longer sell a controversial, permanent form of birth control that thousands of women say led to serious complications. Essure, a non-surgical sterilization device that is inserted into the fallopian tubes and prevents pregnancy by producing scar tissue that blocks sperm from fertilizing eggs, will no longer be available in the U.S. after December 31, 2018, Bayer announced in a statement. “This decision is based on a decline in U.S. sales of Essure in recent years and the conclusion that the Essure business is no longer sustainable,” the statement reads. While Bayer mainta...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized healthytime medicine onetime Source Type: news
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